Information about Electric Boilers
General info about Electric Boilers
As we become more energy-conscious, more of us are turning to hydronic boilers for home heat. Boiler technology first appeared in the 1700s. The system is fairly simple: fire heats a measure of water, which uses this heat energy to do work. A locomotive boiler uses the heat energy to turn its wheels. Home heating boilers use the heat energy to heat rooms.
Boiler technology, preceding the advent of electricity, relied on external fuel sources to heat the water. A gas-fired boiler, for example, sparks LP or natural gas to create its flame. Another common boiler is the oil-fired boiler, which uses a specific configuration of heating oil to fuel the boiler flame.
Home heating boilers have a few distinct advantages over a forced air furnace. First, boiler systems are more easily separated into separate heating zones. Heating zones makes it possible to heat the living room to one temperature and the bedroom to another. Boilers can also supply heat in a wider variety of places. Hydronic heating can be used in radiant under floor systems (such as warming the bathroom tile). Hydronic boiler systems are also inherently quieter because of the simple fact they don’t use large fans to blow air.
Some homes, however, make installation of a gas- or oil-fired boiler difficult. If a home isn’t piped to a gas main or a homeowner doesn’t want the hassle of having to fill and re-fill tanks of heating oil, there exists a newer option for hydronic heating. With the rise of electricity in the 20th Century, boiler technology adapted to give us the electric boiler. For the quiet, easy operation of a hydronic boiler but without the worry of gas or heating oil, a homeowner now has the option to install a boiler fueled only by electricity.